varve

noun

: a pair of layers of alternately finer and coarser silt or clay believed to comprise an annual cycle of deposition in a body of still water
varved adjective

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Swedish varv "turn, round, layer," going back to Germanic *hwarban-, hwarb- "turn, circle," whence Old Norse hvarf "circle, ring, enclosed space," Old English hwearf "turn, exchange, crowd, embankment" — more at wharf

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of varve was in 1912

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Cite this Entry

“Varve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/varve. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

varve

noun

: a pair of layers of alternately finer and coarser silt or clay believed to be deposited annually in a body of still water

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